As each industry becomes more tightly integrated into the digital economy, each organisation is becoming a technology company (often by stealth). In this world, the speed at which organisations can reliably deliver software solutions is becoming a key market differentiation.
Companies that incorporate DevOps practices get more done, according to the Puppet Labs 2015 State of DevOps survey;
High-performing IT organizations experience 60 times fewer failures and recover from failure 168 times faster than their lower-performing peers. They also deploy 30 times more frequently with 200 times shorter lead times.
One of the core tenants of DevOps is to automate everything. In this article we examine how we can automate the Build & Deployment of Oracle BPM and SOA solutions.
During the lifetime of a project, code will be built and promoted to various staging environments such as Development, System Integration and Test (SIT), User Acceptance and Test (UAT), Pre-Prod, and Production.
The overall goal of the deployment pipeline is to detect any changes that will lead to problems in production. At each stage in the deployment pipeline, different levels of testing will be applied. Early stage tests are targetted at being quick and simple to run, but should capture the majority of the problems, so providing fast feedback and allowing for quick cycle times.
Later stages in the delivery pipeline provide more comprehensive testing, some of which may be manual, or take longer to set-up and run; with each successive stage provides increasing confidence in the overall build quality.
Automating the deployment pipeline is the key requirement to enable continuous delivery. This process involves automating the building of the software, the deployment of each build into each staging environment, and the automation of tests conducted in each environment.
We also need to automate platform provisioning, to ensure that each build is deployed to, and tests carried out against, correctly configured and reproducible environments. Read the complete article here.
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